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Kids’ ‘green weddings and funerals’ article on show at Science Museum

PUBLISHED: 12:36 26 June 2012 | UPDATED: 12:36 26 June 2012

Four of the Year-9 girls whose work is on show at the Science Museum are (left to right) Nusrat Nadia, Sultana Akthar, Samirah Rokib and Sadeqah Begum

Four of the Year-9 girls whose work is on show at the Science Museum are (left to right) Nusrat Nadia, Sultana Akthar, Samirah Rokib and Sadeqah Begum

Mulberry School

Investigative journalism by school kids in London’s East End looking into climate change and how to make weddings funerals greener is going on show at the Science Museum.

Girls from Stepney’s Mulberry Secondary won critical acclaim in a nationwide Science project when they wrote articles as part of an outreach science exhibition which is touring the country.

The school’s science and technology coordinator, teacher Deborah Colvin, told the Advertiser: “The girls looked into lavish weddings in the Bengali culture and wrote about how to make them greener.

“They also wrote about greener burials and interviewed experts in Epping Forest who specialise in woodland funerals.”

Mulberry School received a commendation for the articles exploring ways to save energy on special occasions.

The kids wrote: “Last year’s Royal wedding generated 6,765 tonnes of carbon dioxide—1,230 times the yearly carbon emissions of an average household. Providing seasonal food and flowers was not enough to turn the Royal wedding green!”

On burials, they added: “A woodland burial offers a peaceful and informal way of saying goodbye to a loved one in natural surroundings.”

The Science Museum invited 48 schools to submit articles about eco issues, from wind farms to hedgehog populations.

The exhibition of their work, which has been on tour since June 13, arrives tomorrow (Weds) at the Science Museum in South Kensington and runs until Saturday, before moving to Manchester’s Museum of Science & Industry until July 9.

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